Mesa Verde National Park Cross Country Skiing

Winter activities such as skiing and snowshoeing at Mesa Verde can be a very peaceful experience. Many times you may be the only person around. Because most of the trees are bare, wildlife is more visible in the winter. You may even be able to track them by following their footprints in the snow. In recent years, there has not been enough snow to ski or snowshoe except for a few days during the winter after a heavy snowfall. Colorado's dry climate and sunshine cause the snow to melt quickly after a snow storm. Please call (970)529-4461 for current park road and skiing/snowshoeing conditions. If you are fortunate enough to be able to ski or snowshoe in Mesa Verde National Park, you will not be disappointed. Two park roads listed below are designated for cross country skiing and snowshoeing when snow permits. Skiing or snowshoeing in the backcountry of Mesa Verde National Park or other park roads is not permitted.

Cliff Palace Loop Road:

6 mile loop, relatively flat, no avalanche danger. Located off the Mesa Top Loop Road, the Cliff Palace Loop Road is closed to vehicles after the first snowfall. It reopens in the spring once all snow is melted. Skiers and snowshoers can park at the closed gate. One mile from the closed gate is the overlook to Cliff Palace. Along the road are also numerous overlooks with scenic views to other cliff dwellings which can make for a full-day adventure. Morefield Campground Loop Roads:

Multiple miles depending on route, relatively flat, no avalanche danger. The park campground is closed from the end of October until late April. The road to the campground is closed to vehicles. Skiers and snowshoers can park at the closed gate.

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